Religious freedom and the German circumcision debate
Title: Religious freedom and the German circumcision debate
Author: HEIMBACH-STEINS, Marianne
Series/Number: EUI RSCAS; 2013/18; RELIGIOWEST
In May 2012, a German court in Cologne ruled that circumcising young boys represents grievous bodily harm. This decision, which touched upon the questions of freedom of religious practice, identity and children’s rights, was condemned by Jewish and Muslim representatives in Germany, but it was also widely and controversially debated by civil society and politicians. The German Parliament recently passed legislation protecting circumcision as a religious practice, but the debate is likely to continue. In this paper, Marianne Heimbach-Steins, director of the department of Christian Social Ethics at the University of Münster (Germany), discuss this case and its implications for the definition of religious freedom.
Subject: Circumcision; Germany; Islam; Judaism; Human rights; Religious freedom
Grant number: FP7/269860
Type of Access: openAccess